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Tuesday, January 5, 2016


I know this is OT from our normal writing themes. But here it is January 2016 and the winter blahs are upon us. I’m offering you a respite. A lovely way to relax. So let’s take a trip to
The Poor Writers Spa.

Items Needed:
Two hours with no one home. You CAN do it. You deserve this.  
Device to listen to tranquil and soothing music.
Book or magazine.
Plain oatmeal.
Paper towels.
Witch hazel.
Lavender bath salts, or lavender or rosemary sprigs.
Favorite body oil or cream.
Lawn chair.
Lots of towels.
Space heater if you have one.
If you are a writer have a pen and paper close at hand. Once you are relaxed ideas have a habit of flowing.

Mix oatmeal with warm water making a paste and set in bathroom
Turn on music.
Turn space heater to high and close bathroom door. If you are unable to divest yourself of other humans in the home LOCK that door. No fur babies allowed either.
Fill tub with hot water. Put in lavender or rosemary.
While tub is filling set up lawn chair and cover with towels.
Bathroom should be getting toasty by now.
Get nekked and soak in tub until water begins to cool.
Climb out and slather body with oil or favorite lotion. Drain tub.
Wrap in a couple of towels or heavy robe.
Cover face and neck with oatmeal paste.
Sit in the chair, prop your feet on the edge of the tub and chill. Listen to calming music or read for 30 to 45 minutes.
Use damp paper towels to remove oatmeal.
Take a long hot shower until the water runs cold.
Use witch hazel on your face (witch hazel is a great and inexpensive toner).
Re-oil or lotion your body.
Turn heater off. You should feel like a cooked noodle. Limp and relaxed, ready to get back to writing, reading and dealing. Or just take a nap. Enjoy. 

For everyday use you can make your own:
Toning Mask. White of one egg beaten until frothy. Spread over face. Once dry leave on for ten minutes.  
Sugar Body Scrub.
½  cup of Raw sugar. (Regular granulated will do but raw is best)
½  cup your favorite oil. It has to be an oil. Olive, vitamin E, what ever  
Mix. Let set about five minutes. Good to scrub any place on the body but NOT the face.
 Face Peal
Slice a lime in half and on clean skin rub it over face. Keep away from the eyes and DO NOT leave it on more than 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water.  


Elise Warner said...

Rita: You're a triple threat. As soon as it gets a warmer I will try your spa.

Anne Marie Becker said...

I love these ideas! I'm going to try this very, very soon. We all deserve a couple hours of respite. :D

Rita said...

Elise it's so much decadent when it's cold.

Rita said...

Anne let me know what you think.

Marcelle Dubé said...

I'm in!

Rita said...

In the tub already already Marcelle? Good for you :-)

jean harrington said...

Loved the suggestions, Rita. One question: Can you eat the oatmeal after the treatment?

Cathy Perkins said...

How did I miss this post?

Better than "Calgon take me away!"

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